Welcome to Germany

Prepare for a roller-coaster ride of feasts, treats and temptations experiencing Germany’s soul-stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, big-city beauties, romantic palaces and half-timbered towns.

Capital City:
Berlin

Population:
83 Millions (2019)

Official language:
German

Currency:
EUR = Euro

National Day:
October 03

Germany - Flag

Best time to visit Germany

May to August for best weather, beer gardens and great hikes; September and October for fewer crowds and awesome colors.

Get to know the 16 federal states of Germany

  • Baden-Württemberg
  • Bavaria
  • Berlin
  • Brandenburg
  • Bremen
  • Hamburg
  • Hesse
  • Lower Saxony
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Saarland
  • Saxony
  • Saxony-Anhalt
  • Schleswig-Holstein
  • Thuringia
Germany - Bavaria

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Discover Germany‘s Best Cities

Even though Germany is one of the largest countries in Europe by both area and population and home to such incredible diversity, many travelers only manage to visit one or two cities on their travels. Here we have put together a list of the top German cities you should consider adding to your itinerary to encourage you to see more that this country has to offer.

  • Berlin
  • Bremen
  • Cologne
  • Dresden
  • Düsseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Heidelberg
  • Leipzig
  • Munich
  • Nuremberg
Frankfurt, Germany

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Off the Beaten Track: Germany‘s Lesser Known Cities You Must Visit

Germany’s big cities, like Berlin or Munich, may get lots of visitors, but the country is also home to some of Europe’s most charming (small) towns that should really be on your itinerary, including these.

  • Bamberg
  • Celle
  • Freiburg
  • Lindau
  • Lübeck
  • Regensburg
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • Schwerin
  • Stuttgart
  • Trier
  • Weimar
Bamberg, Germany

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Breathtaking National Parks in Germany – A Nature Lover‘s Paradise

The following are the 16 national parks of Germany.

  • Bavarian Forest National Park
  • Berchtesgaden National Park
  • Black Forest National Park
  • Eifel National Park
  • Hainich National Park
  • Harz National Park
  • Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park
  • Jasmund National Park
  • Kellerwald-Edersee National Park
  • Lower Oder Valley National Park
  • Müritz National Park
  • Saxon Switzerland National Park
  • Wadden Sea National Park
  • Western Pomerania Lagoon National Park
Germany - Saxon Switzerland

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Most Beautiful Lakes in Germany That Will Blow Your Mind

Germany has so many truly stunning lakes showcasing the country’s pristine natural beauty! Whether you are in search of water sports, a health and wellness break, or you want to check out some exciting sightseeing, you will find something for you in our list of the most beautiful lakes in Germany.

  • Alpsee
  • Bodensee
  • Brombachsee
  • Chiemsee
  • Eibsee
  • Fünfseenland (Starnberger See, Ammersee, Wörthsee, Pilsensee and Weßlinger See)
  • Königssee
  • Müritzsee
  • Mummelsee
  • Schluchsee
  • Steinhuder Meer
  • Tegernsee & Spitzingsee
  • Titisee
  • Walchensee
  • Zwischenahner Meer
Germany - Chiemsee

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Fairy Tale Castles And Palaces In Germany You Cannot Miss

Middle Age castles and palaces built by the European nobility are among the most important buildings in the German architectural history. It is estimated that there are around 25 thousand castles throughout the whole country. The difference between castles and palaces is that the first were built for defense in a battle while the second were designed more as only a residence for the wealthy noblemen of the time.

We have listed few of the most famous castles and of the country.

  • Braunfels Castle
  • Burghausen Castle
  • Cochem Castle
  • Drachenburg Castle, Bonn
  • Eltz Castle near the Moselle River
  • Frankenstein Castle near Darmstadt
  • Heidelberg Castle
  • Herrenchiemsee Castle
  • Hohenschwangau Castle
  • Hohenzollern Castle
  • Lichtenstein
  • Löwenberg Castle, Kassel
  • Mespelbrunn Water Castle
  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau
  • Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam
  • Schwerin Castle
  • Wartburg Castle in Eisenach
  • Wernigerode Castle
Germany: Neuschwanstein Castle

Spend Time In Germany’s Most Beautiful Parks And Gardens

  • Azalea and Rhododendron Park, Kromlau
  • English Garden, Munich
  • Flower Island, Mainau (Lake Constance)
  • Herrenhäuser Gärten, Hanover
  • Sanssouci Park, Potsdam
  • Tiergarten, Berlin
Germany - English Garden in Munich
Scenic Drives in Germany

Do you like road trips? Germany is a car lovers’ dream and the perfect place to hop in the car and make the journey your reward.

Germany offers many scenic drives and themed roads that lead you past quaint villages, medieval castles, and unspoiled countryside. Here are the roads best traveled in Germany.

  • The German Wine Route or Wine Road (German: Deutsche Weinstraße) is the oldest of Germany’s tourist wine routes. Located in the Palatinate region of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the route was established in 1935.
  • The Schwarzwaldhochstraße or Black Forest High Road is the oldest and one of the best known themed drives in Germany. It is a part of the B 500 federal highway and leads over 60 km from Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt.
  • A drive on the year-round passable Rossfeldpanoramastraße – an unforgettable experience and the easiest way in the heights of the Alps.
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  • Cruise the romantic Rhine River and take millions of picures of the gorgeous sites.
  • Black Forest.
  • Visit the Public Library Stuttgart, one of the world’s most stunning libraries. The main attraction, a five-story reading room shaped like an upside-down pyramid, looks more like an M.C. Escher drawing than a library, until you notice the hundreds of thousands of neatly stacked books. It’s absoltely beautiful. Our tip : go to the 8th floor to have a drink and cake, then to the rooftop terrace to view the city.
  • Donaudurchbruch, Weltenburg and Kehlheim
  • The Holocaust sites, such as Dachau and Buchenwald are to be seen as a respectful memorial for all the victims and  a reminder of human horror to all people and generations. 
  • Hike the Alpine meadows. Use the telecabins up the mountains to save time and energy.

Enjoy Authentic German Food and Drinks

  • A full German Frühstück is a must to try in the morning.
  • Coffee and cakes in the afternoon is a wonderful tradition to take time to relax during your day.
  • Try the different recipes of potato salad and sauerkraut.
  • Choose among the hundreds of types of sausages like the “Currywurst”.
  • Find your favorite type of beer and eat a giant “Brezel” with it.
  • Drink purity law beers in a picturesque beer garden or hall in Bavaria.
Currywurst

Delicious Currywurst | Photo: © pixabay/berkemeyer

Catch Germany’s Most Popular Festivals

Festivals in Germany are known to be among the loudest and largest in the world, with millions banding together to celebrate the country’s culture, beer, and food. During annual holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the cities come alive with vibrant markets, street parades, and beautiful costumes all day long.

 

  • Karneval in Cologne (February): Dress up in wacky costumes during one of Germany’s most colorful festivals.
  • Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin (Mid-February): Meet your favorite celebrities at this renowned film festival.
  • Rhein in Flammen in Koblenz (May – September): See fireworks displays from a boat on Rhine River.
  • Beethovenfest in Bonn (Late August – Mid-September): Enjoy classical music at Beethoven’s former home.
  • Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg: Catch over 350 live concerts at Hamburg’s largest music festival (September).
  • Wurstmarkt in Bad Dürkheim (September): Enjoy German sausages and wines from the largest wine barrel in the world.
  • Festival-Mediaval in Selb (September): Learn dances from the Middle Age at this folk festival.
  • Oktoberfest in Munich (Late September – Mid-October): Experience the ultimate celebration of Bavarian beer, culture and music.
  • Cannstatter Volksfest near Stuttgart (late September – Mid-October): Enjoy fairground rides and colorful parades at this family-friendly festival.
  • Weihnachtsmärkte all over the country (December): the most famous and popular Christmas Market is in Nuremberg.
Rhein in Flammen

Rhein in Flammen| Photo: © pixabay/Kookay

Germany - Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in Munich| Photo: © pixabay/Pexels

What is Germany famous for?

  • Cuckoo clocks
  • Autobahn (no speed limits)
  • Premium cars like Porsche, Audi, BMW and Mercedes
  • the remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall
  • Beer
  • Bread and Sausages
  • Football
German Bread and Rolls

German Bread and Rolls| Photo: © pixabay/PublicDomainImages

Practical Advice

Etiquette

Germany is a fairly formal society; the following tips will help you avoid faux pas.  

  • Greetings. Shake hands and say ‘Guten Morgen’ (before noon), ‘Guten Tag’ (between noon and 6pm) or ‘Guten Abend’ (after 6pm). Use the formal ‘Sie’ (you) with strangers and only switch to the informal ‘du’ and first names if invited to do so. With friends and children, use first names and ‘du’.
  • Asking for Help. Germans use the same word, ‘Entschuldigung’, to say ‘excuse me’ (to attract attention) and ‘sorry’ (to apologise).
  • Eating & Drinking. At the table, say ‘Guten Appetit’ before digging in. Germans hold the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right hand. To signal that you have finished eating, lay your knife and fork parallel across your plate. If drinking wine, the proper toast is ‘Zum Wohl’, with beer it’s ‘Prost’.

Tipping

  • Hotels: 1 € per bag is standard. It’s nice to leave a little cash for the room cleaners (1-2 € per day).
  • Restaurants: Bills always include Bedienung (service charge); most people add 5% or 10% unless service was truly abhorrent.
  • Bars: About 5%, rounded to nearest euro. For drinks brought to your table, tip as for restaurants.
  • Taxis: Tip about 10%, rounded to the nearest euro.
  • Toilet attendants: Loose change.

Your expert for Germany

Jens Hämke

Jens Hämke

My name is Jens and i live near Ingolstadt in Bavaria. I studied economics at university and now i do financial works. In my spare time I love to travel and make new friends.

Feel free to ask all your questions in the comment box below.

“ A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” — Tim Cahill

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More information about Germany

Official Website of Tourism in Germany:
www.germany.travel

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